Stephenson's map of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, c 1824-1830.
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Constructed under the guidance of chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848), the line laid between Liverpool and Manchester was the world's first intercity railway. The opening ceremony on 15 September 1830 included a procesion of eight locomotives, including Robert Stephenson's (1803-1859) famous 'Rocket'. This map is one of a set of seven relating to the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, formerly belonging to Stephenson and bearing his signature on the cover.